Wedding Day Rainbow

“Whenever . . . the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you . . . .”—Genesis 9:14-15

472775_10151424690692683_2090565344_oAfter that horrible Flood, there was an olive leaf, and then a beautiful rainbow: pregnant with the promise of redemption and renewal—which is why we laughed (uncontrollably) on the hotel shuttle bus, when a rainbow appeared in the sky above the entrance to Grounds for Sculpture, a New Jersey sculpture garden.

Because let’s face it, Alanis Morissette was wrong: there’s nothing ironic about rain on your wedding day—especially when you’re getting married outside at six, and it’s raining cats and dogs at five. But the deluge subsided just in time, as if by Divine Intervention, and a magical rainbow appeared—a rainbow that seemed to say that the Flood of tears—and freak-outs and blow-ups and money and time and effort—was all so very worth it.

Because this—this wedding, made out of the hearts, wallets, and imaginations of faulted human beings, was perfect in every detail. From the bride’s dress to the groom’s promise to grab his wife’s ass, each and every day, so long as we both shall live.

(for Lara and Edwin)

—John Faithful Hamer, The Myth of the Fuckbuddy (2016)

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

One thought on “Wedding Day Rainbow

  1. We had rainbows on our wedding day! Lots of them actually. I read it was a good omen just a few weeks before the big day. It’s been a good marriage so far (16 years) 🙂

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